Cardiovascular System - Blood Vessel Development
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Some Recent Findings
- 3 Endothelial Progenitors
- 4 Vessel Specification
- 5 Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor
- 6 Regulators of Growth
- 7 Histology
- 8 Capillaries
- 9 Cardiac Blood Vessels
- 10 References
- 11 Terms
- 12 Glossary Links
Blood develops initially within the core of "blood islands" in the mesoderm. During development, there follows a series of "relocations" of the stem cells to different organs within the embryo. In the adult, these stem cells are located in the bone marrow. At the time when blood first forms, there are no bones!
Angioblasts initially form small cell clusters (blood islands) within the embryonic and extraembryonic mesoderm. These blood islands extend and fuse together making a primordial vascular network. Within these islands the peripheral cells form endothelial cells while the core cells form blood cells (haemocytoblasts).
Recent work has shown that the formation of the initial endothelial tube is by a process of coalescence of cellular vacuoles within the developing endothelial cells, which fuse together without cytoplasmic mixing to form the blood vessel lumen.
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Some Recent Findings
|More recent papers|
References listed on the rest of the content page and the associated discussion page (listed under the publication year sub-headings) do include some editorial selection based upon both relevance and availability.
Laura Teodori, Alessandra Costa, Rosa Marzio, Barbara Perniconi, Dario Coletti, Sergio Adamo, Bhuvanesh Gupta, Attila Tarnok Native extracellular matrix: a new scaffolding platform for repair of damaged muscle. Front Physiol: 2014, 5;218 PMID:24982637 Ilaria Dal Prà, Ubaldo Armato, Franco Chioffi, Raffaella Pacchiana, James F Whitfield, Balu Chakravarthy, Li Gui, Anna Chiarini The Aβ Peptides-Activated Calcium-Sensing Receptor Stimulates the Production and Secretion of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A by Normoxic Adult Human Cortical Astrocytes. Neuromolecular Med.: 2014; PMID:24948534 Ewelina Prozorowska, Hanna Jackowiak Angioarchitecture of gallbladder in pig: LM and SEM study on vascular microcorrosion casts. Microsc. Res. Tech.: 2014; PMID:24916120 Jana Karbanová, Jan Laco, Anne-Marie Marzesco, Peggy Janich, Magda Voborníková, Jaroslav Mokrý, Christine A Fargeas, Wieland B Huttner, Denis Corbeil Human Prominin-1 (CD133) Is Detected in Both Neoplastic and Non-Neoplastic Salivary Gland Diseases and Released into Saliva in a Ubiquitinated Form. PLoS ONE: 2014, 9(6);e98927 PMID:24911657 Ken Matsumoto, Masatsugu Ema Roles of VEGF-A signaling in Development, Regeneration, and Tumors. J. Biochem.: 2014; PMID:24839295
Recent work has shown that the formation of the initial endothelial tube is by a process of coalescence of cellular vacuoles within the developing endothelial cells, which fuse together without cytoplasmic mixing to form the blood vessel lumen. 
Endothelial Tube Formation
The following data is from a recent review.
|Shh||Loss of Shh results in lack of arterial identity in zebrafish. Shh acts upstream of VEGF.|
|VEGF||VEGF acts downstream of Shh signaling to activate Notch via the PLCγ/ERK pathway in zebrafish. Mutant mice expressing only VEGF188 lack arterial differentiation.|
|Nrp1||Null mice display impaired arterial differentiation. Nrp1 is involved in a positive feedback loop of VEGF signaling.|
|Notch||Notch acts downstream of Shh and VEGF signaling in zebrafish. Notch1; Notch4 mutant mice have abnormal vascular development.|
|Dll4||Null mice lack arterial specification.|
|Dll1||Null mice fail to maintain arterial identity.|
|Hey1/2 (Grl)||Null mice lack arterial specification. Lack of grl in zebrafish results in loss of arterial specification.|
|Foxc1/c2||Foxc1; Foxc2 mutant mice lack arterial specification. Foxc1 and Foxc2 directly regulate Dll4 and Hey2 expression. Foxc1 and Foxc2 are also involved in lymphatic vessel development.|
|Sox7/18||Lack of Sox7/18 results in loss of arterial identity in zebrafish.|
|Snrk-1||Snrk-1 acts downstream or parallel to Notch signaling in zebrafish.|
|Dep1||Dep1 acts upstream of PI3K in arterial specification in zebrafish.|
|Crlr||Shh regulates VEGF activity by controlling crlr expression in zebrafish.|
|EphrinB2||Null mice lack boundaries between arteries and veins. EphrinB2 is involved in lymphatic vascular remodeling and maturation.|
|COUP-TFII||COUP-TFII suppresses arterial cell fate by inhibiting Nrp1 and Notch. COUP-TFII also interacts with Prox1 to regulate lymphatic gene expression.|
|EphB4||Null mice lack boundaries between arteries and veins.|
|Sox18||Null mice fail to specify lymphatic endothelial cells. Sox18 induces Prox1 expression.|
|Prox1||Prox1 induces lymphatic markers and maintains lymphatic cell identity.|
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor
Growing blood vessels follow a gradient generated by tagret tissues/regions of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) to establish a vascular bed. Recent findings suggest that Notch signaling acts as an inhibitor for this system, preventing sprouting of blood vessels.
Notch is a transmembrane receptor protein involved in regulating cell differentiation in many developing systems.
Regulators of Growth
The following data is from a review article on ovary vascular development.
Stimulators of Angiogenisis
Inhibitors of Angiogenisis
Vein Light Microscopy
The entire developing and adult cardiovascular system (blood vessels and heart) is lined by a simple squamous epithelium. (Stain - Haematoxylin Eosin)
Cardiac Blood Vessels
Earliest vessels in the heart wall develop subepicardially (beneath the outside surface of the heart) near the apex at Carnegie stage 15, which then extends centripetally and at stage 17 coronary arterial stems communicate with the aortic lumen.
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- Tsutomu Kume Specification of arterial, venous, and lymphatic endothelial cells during embryonic development. Histol. Histopathol.: 2010, 25(5);637-46 PMID:20238301 | PMC2899674
- Per Wasteson, Bengt R Johansson, Tomi Jukkola, Silke Breuer, Levent M Akyürek, Juha Partanen, Per Lindahl Developmental origin of smooth muscle cells in the descending aorta in mice. Development: 2008, 135(10);1823-32 PMID:18417617
- Frances A High, Min Min Lu, Warren S Pear, Kathleen M Loomes, Klaus H Kaestner, Jonathan A Epstein Endothelial expression of the Notch ligand Jagged1 is required for vascular smooth muscle development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.: 2008, 105(6);1955-9 PMID:18245384
- Morayma Reyes, Arkadiusz Dudek, Balkrishna Jahagirdar, Lisa Koodie, Paul H Marker, Catherine M Verfaillie Origin of endothelial progenitors in human postnatal bone marrow. J. Clin. Invest.: 2002, 109(3);337-46 PMID:11827993
- H G Augustin Vascular morphogenesis in the ovary. Baillieres Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol: 2000, 14(6);867-82 PMID:11141338
- Benoit Detry, Françoise Bruyère, Charlotte Erpicum, Jenny Paupert, Françoise Lamaye, Catherine Maillard, Bénédicte Lenoir, Jean-Michel Foidart, Marc Thiry, Agnès Noël Digging deeper into lymphatic vessel formation in vitro and in vivo. BMC Cell Biol.: 2011, 12;29 PMID:21702933 | PMC3141733 | BMC Cell Biol.
- K Turner, V Navaratnam The positions of coronary arterial ostia. Clin Anat: 1996, 9(6);376-80 PMID:8915616
A J Davidson, L I Zon Turning mesoderm into blood: the formation of hematopoietic stem cells during embryogenesis. Curr. Top. Dev. Biol.: 2000, 50;45-60 PMID:10948449
Kathleen E McGrath, Anne D Koniski, Jeffrey Malik, James Palis Circulation is established in a stepwise pattern in the mammalian embryo. Blood: 2003, 101(5);1669-76 PMID:12406884
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- angioblasts stem cells in blood islands generating endothelial cells
- angiogenesis the formation of blood vessels also called vasculogenesis in the embryo
- blood islands earliest sites of blood vessel and blood cell formation, seen mainly on yolk sac chorion
- vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) protein growth factor family that stimulates blood vessel growth, a similar factor can be found in the placenta (PIGF).
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